chest

Your chest is the part of your body from your stomach to your neck. A bodybuilder or weightlifter is distinctive not only for his huge arms, but for his big, muscular chest.

The character Tarzan is known for thumping his own chest while yelling — but if Tarzan gets a bad cold, he might cough so hard that his chest aches. Another kind of chest is a storage box with a connected lid that swings open. This is the oldest meaning of chest, from the Old English cest, "box or casket." The anatomical meaning comes from the idea that the ribs form a "box" — or a chest — around the internal organs.

Definitions of chest
  1. noun
    the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates
    synonyms: pectus, thorax
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    types:
    bust, female chest
    the chest of a woman
    male chest
    the chest of a man
    type of:
    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  2. noun
    the front of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen
    synonyms: breast
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    types:
    bosom
    a person's breast or chest
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    external body part
    any body part visible externally
  3. noun
    box with a lid; used for storage; usually large and sturdy
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    examples:
    Ark of the Covenant
    (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments
    Pandora's box
    (Greek mythology) a box that Zeus gave to Pandora with instructions that she not open it; she gave in to her curiosity and opened it; all the miseries and evils flew out to afflict mankind
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    ammunition chest, caisson
    a chest to hold ammunition
    cedar chest
    a chest made of cedar
    coffer
    a chest especially for storing valuables
    hope chest, wedding chest
    chest for storage of clothing (trousseau) and household goods in anticipation of marriage
    pix, pix chest, pyx, pyx chest
    a chest in which coins from the mint are held to await assay
    sea chest
    a sailor's storage chest for personal property
    tea chest
    chest for storing or transporting tea
    tool cabinet, tool case, tool chest, toolbox
    a box or chest or cabinet for holding hand tools
    toy box, toy chest
    chest for storage of toys
    treasure chest
    a chest filled with valuables
    type of:
    box
    a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid
  4. noun
    furniture with drawers for keeping clothes
    synonyms: bureau, chest of drawers, dresser
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    types:
    chiffonier, commode
    a tall elegant chest of drawers
    highboy, tallboy
    a tall chest of drawers divided into two sections and supported on four legs
    lowboy
    a low chest or table with drawers and supported on four legs
    type of:
    article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
    furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
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